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Runway Alert: Oversized Workwear

Designers are blowing denim out of proportion.

After relying on raw denim and traditional workwear for several seasons to show they’re serious about denim, designers are opening up to new uniform-inspired shapes and volumes.

The Spring ’19 catwalk was inflated with boxy denim jumpsuits, jean work shirts with extra-long sleeves and fuss-free overalls the combine references from classic workwear and ’90s minimalism.

Per Gotesson’s unusual take on the jean jacket included balloon-like sleeves that draped well beyond the wrist. Sleeves and pant legs scrunched up limbs in Kenneth Nicholson’s collection. New York City-based designer Yeohlee framed colorful silk blouses with sleek and simple denim overalls.

Meanwhile, knee-skimming denim tunics and trouser/skirt combinations underscore the growing (and stylish) unisex category in the luxury sector.

Designer Tory Burch broke free from her preppy aesthetic with wide leg jeans worn under a jean skirt trimmed with zipper teeth. A utilitarian D-ring belt adds visual interest to Zero + Maria Cornejo’s unisex denim uniform.

And whereas slimmer denim silhouettes for the season are deconstructed, distressed and embellished, upsized denim garments are tame.

Dark rinse fabrics and drapey Tencel blends add a rich hand feel to garments. The fabrics allowed subtle yet impactful details like fabric covered buttons and color contrasting stitching.

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